Recycling is both environmentally sound and economically sensible
An Interview with Neil Seldman, by Robert Gilman
One of the articles in The Next Agenda (IC#19)
Autumn 1988, Page 22
Neil Seldman is the President of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (
Robert: People aren't nearly as aware as they could be about the waste crisis, in spite of all the media coverage it's starting to get.
Neil: That's right. We've all heard of the garbage barge from
Robert: It's very curious that the media hasn't picked up on this.
Neil: It shows how you can't trust the media. You must go very deeply into these issues, because these issues are going to determine your future directly in your city. And your small town. These problems have to be solved within three years. Right now most of the authorities in the
Robert: I understand this is all coming to a head because so many municipal areas are basically running out of landfill.
Neil: Absolutely. And that's actually understating the problem, because 8 years ago you could put garbage in the ground on the East coast for $5 a ton, and now it's a $100 a ton for landfill space. One of the ironies is that throughout the 1970's
And it's not because of a lack of landfill space. It's there theoretically, but politically it's become impossible because of the incredible growth of cities, towns and suburbs. Literally no one's neighborhood is unaffected. And people don't want to see their property devalued tremendously, their kids' health risked, their environment destroyed.
Robert: So the alternatives are recycling - or mass burn.
Read the entire interview here: To Burn Or Not To Burn
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